Meru County Government in partnership with Korean Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) through the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries is spearheading a program on promoting indigenous (kienyeji) chicken and Irish potato in line with the Big 4 Agenda of food security and wealth creation for farmers in our County.
Governor Kiraitu Murungi revealed this as he received the KOPIA team led by the Director Dr. Kim Kee Jong who paid him a courtesy call.
“The program will run over a period of three years, working with communities to set up hatcheries through ‘model villages’ approach to rear and maintain a sustainable supply of indigenous chicken. The farmers shall also be trained by experts from Korea on best practices of production to ensure the project succeeds, said the Governor.
The project targets women and youth to increase chicken and potato production in a bid to improve agriculture for increased food and cash incomes for all households.
The County according to Governor Kiraitu intends to add up to 100,000 indigenous chicken “to become the leading producer of chicken in the Country as well as increase potato production, in line with our vision of Making Meru Great”